Four to serve time on the sidelines

THE fallout from the mass brawl during the friendly between Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix has continued with Football Federation Australia Match Review Panel handing out bans to the four players sent off.

The Jets' Tiago Calvano, whose tackle on the Phoenix's Manny Muscat sparked the incident, was banned for four games, while Muscat, who retaliated over the tackle, will also sit out four matches through suspension.

For his part in the brawl, Phoenix player Ben Sigmund will serve a three-game suspension, while Wellington's Andrew Durante will serve a two-match ban after being sent off for kicking out at Scott Neville in the second half.

Speaking after the decision, Head of A-League Damien de Bohun, said: "This kind of unprofessional and unsportsmanlike behaviour has no place in our game.

"Having been involved in football for a long time it is very disappointing to witness the on-field incident that occurred on Saturday as it detracts from our sport - a sport built on speed, skill and flair.

"I look forward to meeting with each Hyundai A-League club before the season commences and reinforce not only our expectations on the professionalism of the sport but ways in which we can work together to grow the game."

The players will be able to serve their respective suspensions in FFA sanctioned and approved pre-season matches and, if applicable, the A-League regular season.

The three Wellington players who were red carded have all been fined by the club, and following the FFA sanctions will be stood down for games on the pre-season tour of India.

Topics:  a-league football, football federation australia, newcastle jets, wellington phoenix fc



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